Speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres

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Speed skating
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1948 Winter Olympics
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The 500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on Saturday, January 31, 1948.

Forty-two speed skaters from 15 nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Finn Helgesen
Norway (NOR)
 Ken Bartholomew
United States (USA)
 Thomas Byberg
Norway (NOR)
 Robert Fitzgerald
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1948 Winter Olympics.

World Record 41.8(*) Norway Hans Engnestangen Davos (SUI) February 5, 1938
Olympic Record 43.4 Finland Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) February 13, 1928
43.4 Norway Bernt Evensen St. Moritz (SUI) February 13, 1928
43.4(**) United States Jack Shea Lake Placid (USA) February 4, 1932
43.4 Norway Ivar Ballangrud Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) February 11, 1936

(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.

(**) This time was set in packstyle format, having all competitors skate at the same time.

Five speed skaters were faster than the standing Olympic record. Finn Helgesen set a time of 43.1 seconds.

Results[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Finn Helgesen (NOR) 43.1
2  Ken Bartholomew (USA) 43.2
 Thomas Byberg (NOR) 43.2
 Robert Fitzgerald (USA) 43.2
5  Ken Henry (USA) 43.3
6  Sverre Farstad (NOR) 43.6
 Torodd Hauer (NOR) 43.6
 Delbert Lamb (USA) 43.6
 Frank Stack (CAN) 43.6
10  Mats Bolmstedt (SWE) 43.7
11  Halle Janemar (SWE) 44.0
 Åke Seyffarth (SWE) 44.0
13  Keijo Lehdikkö (FIN) 44.7
14  János Kilián (HUN) 44.8
 Antero Ojala (FIN) 44.8
16  Lassi Parkkinen (FIN) 45.2
17  Gordon Audley (CAN) 45.3
 Kalevi Laitinen (FIN) 45.3
19  Abraham Hardy (CAN) 45.5
20  Göthe Hedlund (SWE) 45.6
21  Choi Young-Chin (KOR) 45.7
 Kornél Pajor (HUN) 45.7
23  Aad de Koning (NED) 45.9
 Lee Hiyo-Chang (KOR) 45.9
25  Johnny Cronshey (GBR) 46.0
26  Vladimír Kolář (TCH) 46.1
27  Anton Huiskes (NED) 46.2
28  Kees Broekman (NED) 46.3
29  Aage Justesen (DEN) 46.4
 Jan Langedijk (NED) 46.4
 Bruce Peppin (GBR) 46.4
32  Dennis Blundell (GBR) 46.5
 Enrico Musolino (ITA) 46.5
34  Ákos Elekfy (HUN) 46.8
35  Henry Howes (GBR) 46.9
36  Giorgio Cattaneo (ITA) 47.2
37  Iván Ruttkay (HUN) 47.4
 Gustav Slanec (AUT) 47.4
39  Rudolf Kleiner (SUI) 47.8
40  Pierre Huylebroeck (BEL) 48.3
41  Ferdinand Preindl (AUT) 48.7
 Craig Mackay (CAN) DNF

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